One year ago today I officially launched ChildrenAndMediaMan.com. Since then, more than 750,000 people have visited the blog. Without any paid advertising, this site consistently appears in the top 3 for Google searches for “children and media research.” My goal all along has been to get research about children and media, and what parents can do about it, into the hands of parents. 750,000 is only a drop in the bucket, but it’s a great start!
Yesterday I came across this article. It talks about how we “academics” tend to only talk to our academic peers. In fact, much of what we do gets published in academic journals where very few people read our research. I’ve always thought that there has to be a better way. For now, this blog is my small solution to this larger problem. But I’d like to ask a couple of questions of readers today in order to better meet the needs of parents:
- Is there content related to children and media research (and what parents can do about it) that you’d like to see more of?
- Do you have any ideas on how to better reach parents? A podcast? A book? Others?
- What else can I do with this blog that would help you and other parents?
- How can we extend the reach of this blog to help raise the media literacy level of even more parents?
Finally, thank you for reading. I’ve convinced myself that this blog might have a chance to make a difference. Here’s to another year of getting research into the hands of parents.